Habs coach focused on team, not critics
Pacioretty suffers injury
Jacques Martin says he is not losing sleep over the ever rising cries from fans and some media for the Montreal Canadiens to make a coaching change.
The Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 loss on home ice to the Florida Panthers, sit last in the Eastern Conference at 1-5-2 and have yet to win at the Bell Centre this season.
"I don't listen to the radio or watch TV or read the newspapers," Martin said Tuesday. "After 26, 27 years at this level, I've been through this before.
"To me it's just every day getting better and making sure the eam's ready for [the next] game."
The Canadiens lost Max Pacioretty, one of their most effective wingers, to a suspected arm or wrist injury late in the second period against Florida. Martin said he was to be examined on Tuesday and could not say how long he would be out of action.
He confirmed that Pacioretty will not play Wednesday night against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
That left the team with only 11 forwards, with Aaron Palushaj called up from Hamilton. Before Palushaj arrived Tuesday, spare defenceman Alexei Emelin filled in on left wing during practice.
Martin also said Carey Price would be in goal. Backup Peter Budaj got his first start and looked solid against Florida.
Price has been hot and cold to start the season. It hasn't helped that the injury-struck defence, which is using two first-year rearguards, has given up an unusually high number of scoring chances to their opponents.
Price has been stuck on 99 career wins since Montreal beat Winnipeg in their second game of the season.
To change his luck, he said he will consider dropping the pink-trimmed pads he has been wearing as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer program. He has yet to win in them.
"I'm one loss away from wearing a garter belt," he joked, making reference to a baseball pitcher in the movie comedy "Bull Durham" who is talked into wearing a garter to help his throwing motion.
On the team's early-season woes, Price said: "It's not fun. But I don't think many guys are pressing the panic button just yet."
The Canadiens started Martin's first season behind the bench in 2009-2010 with only two points in their first seven games, but managed to squeeze into the playoffs with only 88 points and then went to the conference final.
Centre Scott Gomez, out with an upper body injury, skated on his own but will not play at least until next week.